Got a chance to ride the "new" Space Mountain last night (8/3) and as I entered the queue of the structure itself, one of the first things I saw was a huge plate sized section of the silver paint freshly peeled (almost like wallpaper) off the wall and lying on the ground. While I was still busy shaking my head in disgust, I glance at one of the silver metallic resessed plates imbedded in the lower walls of the walkway/hallway and I can see that maintenance has already had to "sand" off some type of graffitti scribed into the metal. As I'm openly chatting with my friends about this, we look up and one of the long, mesh metal panels that line to top of the hallway/walkway is missing! Obviously someone had pulled on it and it subsequently came loose. By this time my disgust is on after-burners when I finally notice that the doorway jam between the hallway and the main ride loading room is totally pockmarked with scrapes and an alphabet of initials scratched in. It looked more like several years old, rather than several weeks old.
I can not phathom or comprehend why anyone would choose to intentionally deface or damage this brand new (or any attraction for that matter) attraction. Don't people who see this try to stop it or at least report the offenders to the CM's?
This ride is not even a month old and some idiots have already disgraced the great work that Disney has put into SM. It absolutely amazes me how stupid and barbaric some people can be.
Do I fault maintenance for allowing this to be seen? In a perfect world, yes, it would be great to have this type of vandalism covered up immediately, but maintenance can only do so much in a certain amount of time. Beside, this post isn't about the maintenance of an attraction, but, rather about the utter callousness of some members of our society.
I'm still amazed that someone could intentionally damage something and think it's funny! I'll never understand this mentality!